Carolyn Jane Casburn Miller, 78, of Orange passed away on Wednesday, March 19, at her residence surrounded by her family. After a long, courageous battle with cancer, she went home to be with the Lord and her loving husband, Ted. She fought with undying faith, and her determination brought courage to others.
She was born in Woodville, on March 4, 1936 to Edward Walter Casburn and Verda Blanche (Busselle) Casburn. She had lived in the Orange area since 1959. She was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church, where she was the piano accompanist and member of the choir. She was a graduate of Banquete High School and began her college career at Texas A&I, Kingsville, where she was Drum Major for the Texas A&I University Javelina Band. She went on to graduate from Stephen F. Austin University where she received her Masters of Music Education.
She began her career as a public school teacher, but her love of music led her to a lifetime career of teaching private piano lessons to hundreds of aspiring musicians. She spent countless hours sharing her gift of musical talent and mastery of the piano. Her faith and spiritual strength was such an inspiration to all those who knew her, and her legacy will continue to touch the lives of all her students.
The only thing that paralleled her love of music was the love of her family. The joy she got from her husband, children and grandchildren was immeasurable, and she was the perfect example of a Christian lady who instilled in them her values, morals, and impeccable character. She spent her life serving others and understood God’s master plan.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Robert E. Miller, Jr.; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Casburn; aunt, Louise Sparkman and husband, Frank; and aunt Joyce Busselle.
She is survived by daughters Tana Thompson and husband, Tommy of Orange, Terri and husband Dr. Fred Brent of Alvin; son, Trey Miller and wife, Cathy of Orange; brother, Dr. Edwin Casburn and wife Linda of San Antonio; uncle, Thomas Busselle; brother-in-law Charles Miller and wife Laurie of San Antonio; sister-in-law Robbie See of Kentucky; grandchildren, Tayler, Tiffani, and Tara Thompson, Tyler Miller, Austin, Alex, and Abby Brent.
A visitation will be held Saturday, March 22, from 5:00 t o 8:00 p.m. at Dorman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 23, at 3:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, in Orange. Burial will follow at Newton Cemetery in Newton, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Carolyn Miller to First United Methodist Church 502 N. 6thSt. Orange, Texas 77630 or to M. D. Anderson Cancer Center of Houston.